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Samantha Punch
Samantha Punch
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Member Since
Sept. 17, 2015
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about me

Professor of Sociology at the University of Stirling, UK. Working to establish the 'Sociology of Bridge' as a new academic field and leading the Keep Bridge Alive campaign. Currently undertaking several bridge research projects, such as an exploration of partnership interactions and team dynamics including gendered inequalities; and a survey on the social benefits of playing bridge.

I play bridge for Scotland - in the women's team since 2008 (semi-finalist World Bridge Games 2016; 6 UK Lady Milne wins; qualifying for Venice Cup 2019) and in the open Camrose team (2013, 2016-18).

http://www.sociologyofbridge.wordpress.com   Twitter: @soc_of_bridge

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United Kingdom

Bridge Information

Bridge Accomplishments
Winning Transnational Commonwealth Teams in Glasgow 2014; 6 wins UK Lady Milne Home Internationals; Semi-finalist World Bridge Games 2016 in Wroclaw, qualifying for Venice Cup 2019.
Regular Bridge Partners
Paula Leslie, Stephen Peterkin, Tim Rees
Member of Bridge Club(s)
Stirling
BBO Username
puncher
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Structure and organisation of clubs
And now it's several years down the line, any sense of whether it was the right move?
Structure and organisation of clubs
can you explain what the change was in 2010, why it was introduced and why it led to 300 fewer clubs?
Structure and organisation of clubs
Peter - Do you know how many affiliated and non-affiliated bridge clubs there are in England (or how it might be possible to find out about the number of non-affiliated ones)?
Structure and organisation of clubs
Do you know if it is the norm to pay a TD to run club games or does it tend to be a volunteer who is playing in that session?
Structure and organisation of clubs
Paul - "As well as non-profit and not-for-profit structures, there are privately owned for profit clubs" - in the US, are more clubs likely to be for-profit rather than not? Any idea roughly on what the split might be?
Structure and organisation of clubs
Randy - "Now ACBL collects a fee based on tables we have each game" - approx what does it cost someone to play a club game and how much of that table money goes to the ACBL? Or perhaps give an example based on the number of tables in the session?
Structure and organisation of clubs
Ig 'Most clubs in NL work with a yearly subscription' - does that mean members don't pay to play in a weekly club session? Also - do you know roughly how many bridge clubs there are in the Netherlands (and the split between those that subscribe to the NBO and those ...
Structure and organisation of clubs
So are there no unaffiliated clubs in Switzerland? And do you know roughly how many official clubs there are?
Structure and organisation of clubs
Giles - I can guess why small rural clubs might be unaffiliated (though perhaps you could confirm reasons so I can check on my 'guess'), but do you know why 4 largish clubs are not affiliated - is it the same reasons? And also, why affiliated players play in the non-affiliated clubs ...
Structure and organisation of clubs
Do you know how many affiliated bridge clubs there are in NZ? And how might it be possible to find out about the number of non-affiliated ones at national level?
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